Songfilter: Video on MTVs 120 Minutes from a long time ago...
January 13, 2015 10:06 AM   Subscribe

Asking for a friend: I have been trying to remember a song for literally 20 years. My wife (then girlfriend) were sitting together on our first day as a couple watching MTVs 120 Minutes (they actually played videos back then but were starting not to). The song/video in question was quirky. It was a black-and-white video featuring a man putting on a full face of makeup in front of a mirror and IIRC dressed in drag. Possible lyric fragment "she's just driving me wild" - but I may have misremembered it.
posted by gregvr to Media & Arts (11 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
If he remembers the date, he can at least find the playlist from that date from here.
posted by hobgadling at 10:14 AM on January 13, 2015 [1 favorite]

Did you see this?
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 10:31 AM on January 13, 2015

James - Laid ?
posted by Syllables at 11:38 AM on January 13, 2015

Seconding Syllables (without looking at their link, either).
posted by scruss at 12:04 PM on January 13, 2015

Response by poster: Also has the line, "You're driving me crazy", which is... similar. Throwing this idea back at my friend, thanks!
posted by gregvr at 12:08 PM on January 13, 2015

If not that, then possibly Jane's Addiction - Been Caught Stealing. (Mirror and makeup start at about 3:00. Potentially NSFW Warning: prosthetic buttocks. No 'driving me wild' lyrics though.)
posted by usonian at 12:59 PM on January 13, 2015

i really want to say it's a U2 video, from achtung baby/zooropa era. but i'm blanking on the song and can't find it right now....
posted by misanthropicsarah at 1:05 PM on January 13, 2015

is it maybe the anton corbijn version of one? i can't view the whole thing right now, but it has the guys in drag.
posted by misanthropicsarah at 1:08 PM on January 13, 2015

My suggestions are based upon MTV Europe's 120 Minutes. Not sure if these ever crossed over but man in drag made me think of the utterly wonderful dEUS and "Roses" (1996). Meanwhile the whole "she's driving me wild" and the make-up makes me think of Suede's "Metal Mickey". Neither really, really fit but I thought I'd throw them into the mix.
posted by kariebookish at 3:47 PM on January 13, 2015

"In bloom," by nirvana?
posted by stillmoving at 7:47 PM on January 13, 2015

I am horrified that these songs and videos are so old. Suede's debut came out 22 years ago. TWENTY TWO. That was the first CD I ever bought with my own money, and it patterned the next decade of my life (so Suede definitely crossed over, but the wonderful dEUS video was new to me).


they actually played videos back then but were starting not to

If we're talking about the US, I suspect this dates the time frame of interest to about '97/'98 or later. That's when I recall videos really starting to take a back seat to programming (i.e. TRL spawned from the void in '98).
posted by late afternoon dreaming hotel at 5:39 PM on January 15, 2015

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